We are happy to offer comprehensive eye exams for those who want to be screened for ocular disease or need a new pair of glasses or contacts. Common conditions that we treat on a daily basis include: blurry vision, difficulty driving at night, redness and irritation, infections, dryness, tearing, subconjunctival hemorrhages, pterygium, blepharitis, styes, flashes and floaters, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration.
How Often Do You Need Eye Exams?
Comprehensive eye exams are an incredibly important part of keeping your eyes healthy. If you vision is clear and you have no abnormal symptoms, we recommend a baseline exam at least by the age of 40. Depending on your baseline exam, most patients should have an eye exam every 1-3 years from the age of 40 to 65. Individuals without ocular disease or other risk factors who are over the age of 65 should have complete eye exams every 1-2 years.
If you have diabetes, you should have a complete eye exam annually.
What Happens During an Eye Exam?
A comprehensive eye exam is comprised of questions and small tests designed to give you and your doctor an accurate understanding of your vision and health of the eye. Your complete eye exam may include tests of the following:
- All our examinations rooms are equipped with digital eye charts for quick accurate measurements of your visual acuity.
- Pupil behavior and size
- Eye pressure
- We do not use a puff of air and instead use newer methods including the Icare tonometer and pneumotonometry.
- Eye movements
- Peripheral vision
- Color vision
- Dilation with detailed exam of the front and back of the eye
What is a refraction?
A refraction is how we determine what your glasses or contact lens prescription should be. We use the latest in digital phoropter technology to show you different lens and then allow you to directly compare your new and old glasses prescriptions.
What Additional Testing is Available?
If warranted, based on your exam findings or family history, we may do additional testing using our advanced diagnostic equipment including Optos ultra-widefield digital photography of the retina, optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the retina or optic nerve, topography of the cornea, or ocular ultrasound of the structures of your eye. If you are having a cataract evaluation, we use optical biometry (measurements using light) to help choose a custom intraocular lens for your surgery.
Concerned that you may need a comprehensive eye exam? Schedule one at Premier Eye Care of Eastern Idaho today!